Children’s Book Haul #BookHaul #Books #ChildrensBooks #MiddleGrade

Hello everyone! Today I’ll be featuring our latest book haul. I don’t purchase book hauls that often, but every now and then it’s something I like to do for the kids. It’s always such a wonderful surprise for the kids, and many of these I’ll enjoy right along with them. These are mostly middle-grade books, and some of these are for summer reading. You can find these on Goodreads by clicking the image. Let’s see what we have!

Red Rover by Christopher Krovatin

Blurb:

When Amy sees a dog stranded on the side of the highway, she knows what she has to do. She tells her dad to stop the car. She can’t understand why anyone would abandon a dog in such a way, tied up and blindfolded. Amy’s parents say they’ll only keep the dog until they can find it a permanent home. Amy’s younger sister names the dog Rover.

They take Rover into their house, their family. And once he’s there . . . he doesn’t want to leave.

Amy loves dogs. But she starts to worry when strange things start happening in the house.Objects move. Lights go off. Accidents happen.

Soon man’s best friend has turned into Amy’s worst nightmare.The problem isn’t Rover’s bark or his bite – it’s even creepier than that. This dog’s purpose is evil . . . and if’s waiting to be unleashed.


Echo Mountain by Lauren Wolk

Blurb:

A young heroine in Depression-era Maine is navigating the rocky terrain of her new life on Echo Mountain.

After the financial crash, Ellie and her family have lost nearly everything–including their home in town. They have started over, carving out a new life in the unforgiving terrain of Echo Mountain. Though her sister Esther, especially, resents everything about the mountain, Ellie has found more freedom, a new strength, and a love of the natural world that now surrounds them. But there is little joy, even for Ellie, as they all struggle with the sorrow and aftermath of an accident that left her father in a coma. An accident for which Ellie has accepted the unearned weight of blame.

Urgent for a cure to bring her father back, Ellie is determined to try anything. Following her heart, and the lead of a scruffy mutt, Ellie will make her way to the top of the mountain, in search of the healing secrets of a woman known only as “the hag.” But the mountain still has many untold stories left to reveal to Ellie, as she finds her way forward among a complex constellation of strong women spanning generations.


The Line Tender by Kate Allen

Blurb:

The Line Tender is the story of Lucy, the daughter of a marine biologist and a rescue diver, and the summer that changes her life. If she ever wants to lift the cloud of grief over her family and community, she must complete the research her late mother began. She must follow the sharks.

Wherever the sharks led, Lucy Everhart’s marine-biologist mother was sure to follow. In fact, she was on a boat far off the coast of Massachusetts, preparing to swim with a Great White, when she died suddenly. Lucy was eight. Since then Lucy and her father have done OK—thanks in large part to her best friend, Fred, and a few close friends and neighbors. But June of her twelfth summer brings more than the end of school and a heat wave to sleepy Rockport. On one steamy day, the tide brings a Great White—and then another tragedy, cutting short a friendship everyone insists was “meaningful” but no one can tell Lucy what it all meant. To survive the fresh wave of grief, Lucy must grab the line that connects her depressed father, a stubborn fisherman, and a curious old widower to her mother’s unfinished research. If Lucy can find a way to help this unlikely quartet follow the sharks her mother loved, she’ll finally be able to look beyond what she’s lost and toward what’s left to be discovered.


The Dark Lord Clementine by Sarah Jean Horwitz

I’ve seen this book around the blogosphere and thought we’d give it a try. It’s highly rated and sounds like a story my kids and I will love.

Blurb:

The new face of big evil is a little . . . small.

Dastardly deeds aren’t exactly the first things that come to mind when one hears the name “Clementine,” but as the sole heir of the infamous Dark Lord Elithor, twelve-year-old Clementine Morcerous has been groomed since birth to be the best (worst?) Evil Overlord she can be. But everything changes the day the Dark Lord Elithor is cursed by a mysterious rival.

Now, Clementine must not only search for a way to break the curse, but also take on the full responsibilities of the Dark Lord. As Clementine forms her first friendships, discovers more about her own magic than she ever dared to explore, and is called upon to break her father’s code of good and evil, she starts to question the very life she’s been fighting for. What if the Dark Lord Clementine doesn’t want to be dark after all?


Lily to the Rescue: The Misfit Donkey by W. Bruce Cameron

These are for my middle-grade daughter who loves the entire series. She’s read every W. Bruce Cameron book, and we’ve also watched the movies. Even though these are easy reads for her, she enjoys them immensely. I don’t doubt that my youngest is going to get into these books as well.

Blurb: (The Misfit Donkey)

A new addition to the irresistible chapter book series from the New York Times bestselling author of A Dog’s Purpose , featuring Lily, a rescue dog who rescues other animals!

Lily lives with her girl, Maggie Rose. Once a stray, Lily was rescued by the kind people at the animal shelter run by Maggie Rose’s mom. Now she has a very important purpose: to rescue other animals in trouble.

A baby donkey tries to make friends with a herd of older donkeys from a neighboring farm, only to be rejected again and again. No one can figure out why–until Lily comes to visit. It’s Lily to the rescue!


Lily to the Rescue: Lost Little Leopard by W. Bruce Cameron

Blurb: (Lost Little Leopard)

A new addition to the irresistible chapter book series from the New York Times bestselling author of A Dog’s Purpose , featuring Lily, a rescue dog who rescues other animals!

Lily lives with her girl, Maggie Rose. Once a stray, Lily was rescued by the kind people at the animal shelter run by Maggie Rose’s mom. Now she has a very important purpose: to rescue other animals in trouble.

When a lost little Amur leopard is brought to the zoo and needs a friend, it’s Lily to the rescue!


Biggie (The Puppy Place #60) by Ellen Miles

I talked about this one yesterday. We’re reading this book this week. What a sweet story so far! My youngest is already asking to track down the entire series.

Blurb:

Welcome to the Puppy Place! Where every puppy finds a home.

Charles and Lizzie Peterson love puppies. Their family fosters these young dogs, giving them love and proper care, until they can find the perfect forever home.

After getting home from school, Lizzie is surprised to hear that her parents are fostering another yorkie puppy. After all, their last yorkie foster, Princess, was a little spoiled. But Biggie is Princess’s total opposite: He’s energetic and tenacious! Can Lizzie find this teeny puppy with a big heart a perfect home?


Ways to Make Sunshine by Renee Watson

These books are for my youngest reader. She’s just getting into chapter books, and these are perfect for her. Ways to Grow Love is a new release.

Blurb:

(Ways to Make Sunshine) Ryan Hart loves to spend time with her friends, loves to invent recipes, and has a lot on her mind—school, self-image, and family. Her dad finally has a new job, but money is tight. That means changes like selling their second car and moving into a new (old) house. But Ryan is a girl who knows how to make sunshine out of setbacks. Because Ryan is all about trying to see the best. Even when things aren’t all she would wish for—her brother is infuriating, her parents don’t understand, when her recipes don’t turn out right, and when the unexpected occurs—she can find a way forward, with wit and plenty of sunshine.


Ways to Grow Love by Renee Watson

Blurb:

Newbery Honor and Coretta Scott King Author Award winner Renée Watson continues her charming young middle grade series starring Ryan Hart, a girl who is pure spirit and sunshine.

Ryan Hart and her family are back in another installment of stories about a Black girl finding her way and her voice as she grows through change and challenges. In this book, Ryan finds herself waiting on lots of things — like for her new sister to be born healthy, for her new recipes to turn out right, for that summer camp trip to go better than she fears! And of course Ryan is facing these new challenges and new experiences in her classic style — with a bright outlook and plenty of spirit! 


Wilderlore: The Accidental Apprentice by Amanda Foody

I couldn’t pass this one up. The cover, blurb, reviews–everything is excellent.

Blurb:

A boy who accidentally bonds with a magical Beast must set off on an adventure in the mysterious Woods.

The last thing Barclay Thorne ever wanted was an adventure.

Thankfully, as an apprentice to the town’s mushroom farmer, Barclay need only work hard and follow the rules to one day become the head mushroom farmer himself. No danger required. But then Barclay accidentally breaks his town’s most sacred rule: never ever EVER stray into the Woods, for within the Woods lurk vicious magical Beasts.

To Barclay’s horror, he faces a fate far worse than being eaten: he unwittingly bonds with a Beast and is run out of town by an angry mob. Determined to break this bond and return home, Barclay journeys to find the mysterious town of Lore Keepers, people who have also bonded with Beasts and share their powers.

But after making new friends, entering a dangerous apprenticeship exam, and even facing the legendary Beast of the Woods, Barclay must make a difficult choice: return to the home and rules he’s always known, or embrace the adventure awaiting him.


Brother’s Keeper by Julie Lee

Blurb:

Can two children escape North Korea on their own?

North Korea. December, 1950.

Twelve-year-old Sora and her family live under an iron set of rules: No travel without a permit. No criticism of the government. No absences from Communist meetings. Wear red. Hang pictures of the Great Leader. Don’t trust your neighbors. Don’t speak your mind. You are being watched.

But war is coming, war between North and South Korea, between the Soviets and the Americans. War causes chaos–and war is the perfect time to escape. The plan is simple: Sora and her family will walk hundreds of miles to the South Korean city of Busan from their tiny mountain village. They just need to avoid napalm, frostbite, border guards, and enemy soldiers.


When Stars are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed

Blurb:

Heartbreak and hope exist together in this remarkable graphic novel about growing up in a refugee camp, as told by a Somali refugee to the Newbery Honor-winning creator of Roller Girl.

Omar and his little brother, Hassan, arrived in Dadaab, a refugee camp in Kenya, seven years ago. Their father was killed the day they left home, and they haven’t seen their mother since they joined their neighbors who were fleeing to Dadaab. Now Omar is eleven and Hassan is nine, and Omar has quit school to look after his brother, who has an intellectual disability.

When Omar is given the opportunity to return to school and carve out a future for himself and Hassan, he feels torn. He loves school and could have the opportunity to earn a coveted scholarship to a North American university–and with it a visa for himself and Hassan. But is it worth the risk and heartache of leaving his vulnerable brother for hours each day?

Told in Victoria Jamieson’s engaging and accessible graphic-novel style and based on Omar Mohamed’s gripping true story, this book is an intimate, important look at day-to-day life in a refugee camp.


The Last Windwitch by Jennifer Adam

My kids aren’t always into stories like this. The title and cover grabbed my attention though, and after reading the blurb and some reviews I caved. My middle graders aren’t super excited about it, but I’m hopeful they’ll enjoy it. If not, I may use it as a read-aloud with my youngest.

Blurb:

Many years ago, in the kingdom of Fenwood Reach, there was a powerful Windwitch who wove the seasons, keeping the land bountiful and the people happy. But then a dark magic drove her from the realm, and the world fell into chaos.

Brida is content in her small village of Oak Hollow. There, she’s plenty occupied trying to convince her fickle magic to actually do what it’s meant to in her work as a hedgewitch’s apprentice—until she accidentally catches the attention of the wicked queen.

On the run from the queen’s huntsman and her all-seeing Crow spies, Brida discovers the truth about her family, her magic, and who she is destined to be—and that she may hold the power to defeating the wicked queen and setting the kingdom right again.


The Last Bear by Hannah Gold

Blurb: In this instant literary classic about friendship, forging your own path, and doing what’s right, debut author Hannah Gold inspires fans of Pax and A Wolf Called Wander to make a difference in any way they can.

There are no polar bears left on Bear Island. At least, that’s what April’s father tells her when his scientific research takes them to a faraway Arctic outpost.

But one night, April catches a glimpse of something distinctly bear shaped loping across the horizon. A polar bear who shouldn’t be there—who is hungry, lonely and a long way from home.

Fusing environmental awareness with a touching story of kindness, The Last Bear will include full-page black-and-white illustrations as well as a note from the author with facts about the real Bear Island and the plight of the polar bears. 


Are Unicorns Real? by Ginjer L. Clarke

I picked this one up for my youngest daughter who’s obsessed with unicorns. There are some beautiful photographs throughout the book, and it’s not super difficult to read.

Blurb:

Learn about the history of unicorns in this photographic nonfiction leveled reader perfect for kids interested in the natural – and unnatural – world!

Did you know that the Siberian unicorn roamed the Earth during the last Ice Age? Or that technically any creature with one horn is considered a unicorn? That means narwhals, certain antelope, and even shrimp with a horn can be called unicorns!

Embracing childrens’ delight in the mythical creatures while also imparting fascinating facts about the real ones, discover the history of this special animal and decide for yourself if you believe in unicorns!

With simple language and vivid photographs, Are Unicorns Real? is perfect for emerging readers curious about the natural world and the iconic creature.


That’s it for our book haul! With the kids working to get the school year wrapped up, a handful of these are likely going to get pushed on to summer reading. Have you or your kids read any of these books? Feel free to comment below.

Mischenko

21 thoughts on “Children’s Book Haul #BookHaul #Books #ChildrensBooks #MiddleGrade

  1. Wilderlore has such a beautiful cover, it makes you know that this is going to be a fun book to read 😍. I bought my girls so many books when they were younger and it’s a love I still share and discuss with my older daughter. ❤️❤️❤️

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  2. Terrific haul, Jenn! I love how diverse the collection is; I can clearly tell how conscientious you are on your book choice for your children! All these books appear to carry important messages 😊

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  4. Wow, what a great haul Jen. These all look so good and several look like ones that I would enjoy as well. I hope you and the kids enjoy them all and I will watch for your reviews. Lucky kids!

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